Repton Casuals blue u18 0, Ashbourne Aztecs U18 5
Another comprehensive display from Ashbourne Aztecs under-18s saw off a strong, difficult Repton Casuals at the weekend and earned them top spot in the BJFL Youth League.
It was a dogged first half spoiled by a swirling wind but Aztecs looked the sharper with James Ingram, Hayden Millward and Jake Smith asking the questions.
An excellent pass from Charlie Wibberley set Smith free and he lobbed the keeper to open the scoring.
At the back, the Aztecs stood firm with Charlie Mansfield in goal giving an assured performance throughout the game, protected by defenders Harrison Avery, Louis Anthony, Jordan Walton- Gibson and Wibberley.
With the game poised at 1-0 at halftime, Aztecs came out determined to play neater football, and the effervescent Ingram took off the pressure when he raced through to score a perfect second.
An authoritive display in midfield from Steve Ebbrell, Kristian Brightmore and Josh Dales ensured Repton were contained, providing the platform for Ingram to hammer in number three.
Aztecs had several chances to go further ahead before Smith cracked in the fourth.
Henry Ainsworth had two good attempts to increase the score and Sam Forrest , Dan Lear and Kit MacDonald both provided fresh impetus to the game, with the latter unlucky not to win a penalty when the keeper brought him down.
However when a penalty did arrive for Repton, they found goalkeeper Mansfield in fine form. turning the ball around the post.
And the Aztecs had the final say when Brightmore and Millward combined to set up Dales, who headed in the fifth.
Ashbourne Aztecs U16 2, Roe Farm U16 2
(Ashbourne win 6-5 on penalties)
ASHBOURNE Aztecs exacted a measure of revenge for last week’s league defeat as they edged out Roe Farm on penalties in their cup clash.
Aztecs started well, attacking the visitors and creating a number of half chances.
A through ball from midfield put Ben Sanders in on goal and he placed it past the keeper to open the scoring.
Roe Farm created a number of good chances, but goalkeeper Owen Ryan saved well before they eventually levelled the score.
A well-weighted ball through the middle from Mike Leason found Sanders in the box, and he managed to slip it under the keeper to put the home side ahead before the break.
Roe Farm started the second half well, putting Aztecs under the cosh for a good 10 minutes, and though Ryan made some unbelievable saves, they eventually pulled it back to 2-2.
This stirred Aztecs into a good spell themselves and it remained end to end play right up to full time.
Aztecs could have done without the extra time as they had absolutely ran themselves ragged without the luxury of substitutes, but they defended doggedly to see extra time out.
Nick Partridge, Kyle Bond, Sanders, Alex Frazer-Smith and Tom McHugh all scored to make it 5-5, but Ryan saved Roe Farm’s seventh penalty and Leason smashed the ball home to put his team deservedly through.
AZTECS: Ryan, Bond, Coats, Leason, Jones, Sanders, McHugh, Frazer-Smith, Partridge, Laurie.